I have known Andy for over 8 years. In that time, he has made a huge contribution to the education of thousands of pupils and we are all part of that legacy every time we go to work. He has been dedicated to improving the learning and life chances of pupils. His focus has been on developing the teacher to facilitate the learning of pupils, to look at how pupils learn best and provide opportunities to utilise those in the classroom. He has encouraged staff to develop a range of teaching styles that promote individualised learning, identify gaps in understanding and close them and encourage pupils to become independent learners. Andy is a great people person. He has an excellent understanding of current issues facing all schools, from pushing the A*/A grade pupils to securing national benchmarks. He has the ability to ask the difficult questions and experience in supporting at all levels, action plans that both raise standards and empower teachers.